Articles by Herb Woerpel

Congress and President Approve HR 6582

January 28, 2013

Manufacturers of walk-in coolers and freezers; water heaters; deli-style coolers; through-the-wall central air conditioners and heat pumps; and small-duct, high-velocity systems are rejoicing the passage of HR 6582, the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act.


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Duct Tales: Contractor Uncovers $300,000 in Hidden Gold

January 28, 2013

While examining ductwork on a typical residential HVAC installation this fall, a company technician stumbled upon hidden treasure — over a dozen baby food jars filled to the brim with approximately $300,000 worth of gold dust.


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Air Quality Dunrite Named as Canada’s Best

January 28, 2013

Just over a year ago, Air Quality Dunrite, Concord, Ontario, Canada, was a struggling company, experiencing recurring revenue losses and an uncertain future. Today, under the direction of new ownership, the company is thriving — emerging with a 7 percent net profit in 2012, and anticipated double-digit gains in 2013.


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HVACR Tools Changing with the Times

January 21, 2013
Various innovative HVACR manufacturers are touting new tools geared toward making equipment installation and maintenance easier for contractors, thus vastly improving the quality and quantity of their work.


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Contractors Invent Copper Theft Deterrent

January 21, 2013
In some cases, the proper HVACR tool simply doesn’t exist. In those instances, some entrepreneurial contractors take it upon themselves to craft their own solutions. Thus was the case with Mitch Livingston, his nephew Corey Livingston, and their ACAL-SHARK copper alarm.


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Contractors Discuss Introductory Tools

January 21, 2013
So, you’ve been thinking about starting your own HVACR contracting business. Or, perhaps you vowed HVACR success as a New Year’s resolution. But where do you begin? The NEWS recently connected with a handful of HVACR professionals and asked them: “If you were just breaking into the industry, which tools would be most important to success, and why?”


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Jan. 16, 2013: Industry Reacts to Proposed Regional Standards Settlement

Agreement Final Upon Court Approval
January 16, 2013
A proposed settlement in the regional energy-efficiency standards lawsuit would exempt nonweatherized gas furnaces from the law, thus eliminating a May 1, 2013 requirement that would mandate 90-percent AFUE furnaces in the North, and 80-percent AFUE furnaces in the Southeast and Southwest.


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Georgia Contractor Celebrates 50 Years

January 14, 2013
In 1962, Earl and Rachel Smith set out to make a living in the HVACR industry. Fifty years later, E. Smith Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. is recognized as one of greater-Atlanta’s most well-respected HVACR contractors.


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Making a Change — Little by Little

January 7, 2013
Did you make a New Year's resolution? If not, it's never too late to make a positive change.
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The Unified Group Shares Strategies

December 24, 2012
More than 50 members of The Unified Group convened for the organization’s 14th annual Owner’s Forum and Annual Meeting in November to discuss the importance of succession and strategic planning, networking, business success, and more.


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